Haystakt is a great platform to find unique, well-designed goods that are sourced directly from independent makers around the world. Its pop-up space at Chinatown features Singaporean makers, their goods and the stories behind them. Visit it before it disappears end March, and while you’re there, drop by the Edible Gardens to see how you can add some greenery to this concrete jungle we live in.

Haystakt Not-A-Retail-Shop
People’s Park Complex, Level 6
Open weekdays from 4-7pm, weekends from 11am-7pm


Makers of Singapore

The event took place last weekend at the National Design Centre, showcasing goods and products that are proudly made in Singapore. It’s wonderful to hear how independent makers are so passionate about their crafts and in maintaining quality. Find out more about them at

I brought home a bottle of passionfruit jam from GSH Conserves and I love how the ingredients simply read “passionfruit, lime and sugar” – no preservatives or artificial colourings. Now I have it every morning with bread, and coffee brewed using Liberty Coffee beans.

Singapore Biennale 2013

As VIP members of the Procrastinator’s Club, we took it upon ourselves to sit and wait for the closing date of Singapore Biennale 2013 to draw dangerously near before finally heading down to the museums. Personally, the most memorable works include radioactive chandeliers, sugar diamonds and the rural Burmese classroom. We could only hope that Singaporean artists would have more notable artworks to showcase the next time around.

The U Factory

The U Factory will be stationed at Gillman Barracks from now until 26 Jan, featuring works from local designers and a Monocle pop-up store. Psst, it carries magazines like Cereal and The Travel Almanac at non-inflated prices!

The U Factory
37/38/39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, S(109452)
Open Tue-Sun: 11am-7pm

Singapore Art Book Fair 2013

Armed with a polka-dotted brolly, we braved the erratic weather for a session of book therapy at Gillman Barracks. It was the inaugural Singapore Art Book Fair, jointly organized by BooksActually and HJGHER. As the fair celebrated the renaissance of printed material, our back muscles were simultaneously reawakened by the mounting weight of our loot.

The wonderful people from Dominie Press showed us how to make the sleeve of a hard cover book. This craft calls for nimble fingers!